Australia! Join the UN negotiations to ban nuclear weapons
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The Australian Government must participate in the debate being held in the United Nations in June and July to develop a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.
The vast majority of UN member states believe that weapons intended to inflict catastrophic humanitarian harm should, as a matter of principle, be prohibited under international law. They have concluded that nuclear weapons must now be placed on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction.
Our near neighbours - Indonesia, New Zealand, Palau, the Philippines and Thailand - support the treaty being negotiated and submitted the agenda item to the United Nations for general and complete disarmament: taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.
On 22 May the first draft of the treaty to ban nuclear weapons was released by the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
Australians don't want to have to deal with a nuclear winter, or to lose loved ones to horrific injuries caused by nuclear weapons.
Australia is committed to effective global cooperation, including through the United Nations (UN) and its specialised agencies and regional commissions. Engaging with the multilateral system is a key pillar of Australia's foreign policy. This is because we live in a complex, inter-connected world where countries need to coordinate their responses to the major challenges we all face today.
Australia is a founding member of the UN, has been an active participant in UN institutions for 70 years and is currently the 12th largest contributor to the UN regular budget. Australia held the first Presidency of the Security Council in 1946 and provided the first military observers under UN auspices a year later, to Indonesia during the independence struggle.
Australia is a party to the international conventions including the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons; the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (also known as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention); and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Why aren’t we being part of the process to ban nuclear weapons?
Let's tell the Australian government that we support Australia participating in the negotiations to ensure the final treaty contains practical steps to bring about the elimination of nuclear weapons.
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